Socotec is to continue to support the Environment Agency with radiological sampling and radiochemical analytical support.
The three-year contract, worth around £1M, will see Socotec conduct independent monitoring of radioactivity in the environment, including onsite radiation monitoring and radiochemical analysis of environmental samples taken from around nuclear licensed sites across England and Wales.
This radiological monitoring programme ensures sites are undertaking activities in line with Environmental Permitting Regulations.
Socotec has been providing radiological services to the Environment Agency since 2002, and provides an independent check on the regular monitoring, sampling and analysis carried out by individual nuclear facilities. The results are incorporated into the Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) Report, published annually detailing the radioactivity levels in food and the environment around the UK.
Socotec commercial director, infrastructure & energy services (nuclear chemistry division) Paul Duncan said: “We are very pleased to be able to continue our support in monitoring environmental radioactivity for the Environment Agency.
“The radiological monitoring we undertake provides information on the status of environmental radioactivity in England and Wales. This information is then used to assess doses to members of the public against the UK and European dose limits.
”We consider this work an important contribution to aiding the surveillance and protection of the environment for the health and wellbeing of the public.”